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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Review

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is one the most fuel-efficient 2009 large SUVs available, but the mild increase in fuel economy may not be enough to satisfy those looking for significant fuel savings. Still, the Escalade Hybrid is one of the few hybrids that can tow a trailer and carry up to eight.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for a large SUV
  • Retains full-size SUV capabilities
  • Third row doesn’t fold flat
  • Fuel savings may not be enough for some




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Overview

When it was new, critics liked that the Escalade Hybrid, which debuted in 2009, delivered better fuel economy than the gas-only version without sacrificing much in the way of power or drivability. 

Powering the Escalade Hybrid is a 6.0-liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors. When it was new, critics said the combination provided plenty of power. Few critics commented on the transition between electricity and gasoline, or the regenerative brakes, which is generally a good thing. Rear- or four-wheel drive is available, though 4WD models lack the off-road prowess of competitors like the 2009 Lexus LX. The Escalade Hybrid’s fuel economy is estimated at 20/21 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive, which is among the best in the class. Maximum towing capacity is 5,800 pounds, and total cargo capacity is 108.9 cubic feet, but in order to take advantage of that cargo space, the third row must be removed, which reviewers disliked.

Reviewers were pleased that the Escalade Hybrid’s interior is nearly identical to the gas-only Escalade. They said the seats were generally comfortable, though some noted the third row was a bit cramped. Most available features come as standard equipment and include leather seats with front heating and cooling, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and navigation.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Escalade Hybrid, you should also consider 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid. The two are closely related and share the same hybrid powertrain, and thus have similarly-good fuel economy. Plus, if you locate one that has GMC’s Denali trim, the Yukon Hybrid will nearly rival the Escalade in terms of luxury. If you’re looking for something with a versatile interior, you may be disappointed, as the Yukon Hybrid’s third row must also be removed to maximize cargo space.

Another alternative to consider is the 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL. It is available with a responsive diesel engine that delivers good fuel economy, though not quite as good as the Escalade Hybrid’s. The GL also has third-row seats that easily fold into the floor, making it easy to maximize cargo space. Generally, reviewers said the GL was a spacious and well-built 2009 large SUV, and should be on your short list.

Compare the Escalade Hybrid to the Yukon Hybrid and GL »

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